Decade-long Australia mining boom turns to bust

Associated Press
Decade-long Australia mining boom turns to bust

In this photo taken on Thursday, June 13, 2013, a sign warns that the Peak Downs Highway will be closed for 15 minutes on Friday June 14, as a safety precaution while the Coppabella coal mine across the road blasts southwest of Mackay city, Queensland state, Australia. Falling coal prices have hastened the closure of some financially marginal mines in the region and shed thousands of jobs. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

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